First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels.
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April 7, 2008 Subject:
Her biography of Jack Kerouac is excellent.I read it
maybe twenty years ago.
Jack's 'On the Road' is a classic,'Darma Bums'I think
is his second best book.Read those two and then Charters's biography.His later books are not as good.
February 15, 2005 Subject:
thinking as if Keroauc mattered...
Ann is a wonderful appreciative and yet critically minded thinker. She approaches K's method and writings with a scholarly, detailed approach but its only to make it all ring louder. The lecture leans heavily on Tim Hunt's Kerouac's Crooked Road. Enjoy!
0-10: Very tender introduction of Jack and his relevance to Ann and the milieu of dharma bums-era berkeley
9:40 tape Jack reading "now jazz...."
13ish: Ann finishes her biography which is nice to hear- an honest account of someone's relationship with writings and thinkings of beats
20ish: development of bibliographies and AC's writings
30ish: Why it's tough to study Kerouac
42: why Huck Finn and OTR are kin
49: opens it up to other responses